Friday 27th February
Sponsored Walk Day
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Headteacher’s Weekly Bulletin
Friday 13th February 2015
I think this is quite possibly the latest I have begun my Friday bulletin and as I have plans for tonight, I really must get a move on. I’m actually out with Mr Holt later at the Cresta Court supporting some of our students who are members of Timperley Boxing Club. One of our parents, Mr Smith (father of Chayce, Clarke and Carl) is one of the organisers and coaches and the boys are both taking part. I might see one or two of you there.
You may have read on various forms of media this week that we have withdrawn our application for the floodlights for the all-weather pitch. This is merely a temporary withdrawal as it was felt by the Governors that we currently have other more pressing priorities to address. We will re-apply in the near future as it is only right that the same opportunities and facilities are afforded to our young people as those to other secondary school students in Trafford; the educational and health benefits are self-evident. I will, therefore, be in touch in due course to ask for your support for this scheme by canvassing Trafford Council.
So, here’s a résumé of week 6 of the Spring term;
Mrs Kearney informs me that the Art department have been very busy this week running a number of workshops with Well Green Primary School to celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary. Using the theme 'Pop Art/the 1960’s', some groups worked on designing individual pieces of art before working together in teams to build their own Pop Art sculptures. Another group worked with Miss Grey to produce a group mural which as well as being Pop Art inspired included all the names of past Headteachers from Well Green.
The pupils had a fantastic time and were delighted with the end result. Well done to all involved and huge thank you to our Art department colleagues for hosting what will have doubtless been a memorable experience.
Design & Technology
Mr Travis writes, “Just a quick note to say congratulations to the Year 7’s with their recent Product Design outcomes in Design and Technology. As well as working exceptionally hard, the Year 7’s have produced some really good toy boats demonstrating a variety of skills, excellent precision and high levels of creativity. Well done everyone.”
From Miss Carter, also in D & T, “Year 8 have just completed a rotation in Graphic Products and have designed sustainable houses for their target market which are made from eco-friendly materials. They have used computer software ‘Google Sketch-up’ to model these in 3-D and Geo-Location to put these designs on a plot of land in the Trafford Borough.
At the end of this rotation students created a presentation to show off their house to prospective buyers, detailing the materials used, approximate price and the exciting bits about their own architectural design! Aisha Shad, Bronte Ward, Louise Cross and Jack Halliday, to name a few, all created fantastic pieces of work.
Google Sketch-up is a free software that students can download at home and, as such, those students that have taken advantage of this have really excelled.
Here are some examples of the end result which the students can also find on the Design Technology department’s instagram.
“A little Geography update” from Miss English:
“9.9 were set the task of planning a half term trip for Mrs Long and myself to China. They worked super hard finding us the best hotels in 5 different areas of China! They also had to try and pack in some attractions for us to visit – including a boat trip along the Yangtze River! They made great use of the new iPads to research their ideas. They had to plan very carefully to ensure we had an action packed 9 days! I think Mrs Long and myself are in for a treat when we depart tomorrow! (9.9 we will make sure we bring you back something nice).
Elsewhere, Year 11 have finished their Controlled Assessment (I’m not sure who is celebrating more – Mr Whitaker or Year 11 themselves!). They have worked incredibly hard since September (taking a few weeks out during mock exam week for revision) and we think they do actually deserve a week off! We can’t wait to see them get back in to the next topic after half term – we might even put some more twitter revision on in the run up to the second mock exams – watch this space!!
Linking in to our twitter page (as you haven’t had an update from me for a while), we have got a little ‘Valentine’s Day’ competition going on (because we know you LOVE Geography!) I am hoping people can find some good ‘Geography’ related Valentine’s Day cards. We have got some fabulous ones so far but we will keep the competition running over half term. Beth – you're currently in the running for the prize!”
Thanks for that Miss English. Your enthusiasm oozes out of your words! Looks like I’ve caught your exclamation mark bug too (and I removed most of them).
Miss Davison writes, “This week Year 9 completed their final product on their holocaust project. They have had 2 weeks to complete research as well as lessons on this in Art, History and Music. They were also inspired by our holocaust survivor Joanna who visited us a couple of weeks ago. Here are some pictures of some of the final products. They are amazing. I have been so pleased and impressed by their efforts. Their work is truly inspirational!”
Mr Ashworth has reported on a very successful trip undertaken on Wednesday by a group of Year 11 GCSE History students to the Thackray Medical Museum, housed in an old workhouse in the heart of Leeds. “The students were exemplary, conscientiously gathering every last bit of extra detail to supplement their hard work in preparation for their ‘Medicine Through Time’ examination. The students devoured the information on the fight against germs and disease, witnessed a film on surgery in the 19th century (ouch – be thankful we live in the technological and largely hygienic 21st century!) and sampled a realistic and therefore smelly and disease-ridden 19th Century street. The only disappointment about the visit was that the pupils were no longer able to experience the ‘pregnancy suit’, a contraption designed to replicate the weight of carrying an unborn baby, strangely this was a major disappointment for the boys …”
History Trips Part 2 ... (from Miss Tidbury)
"Whilst 45 pupils headed over the Pennines to Leeds, another 30 students made the short trip to Sale to watch a production called 'The Doctor' linking to the GCSE ‘Medicine Through Time’ paper. The production provided a chronological overview of the continuity and change in medicine, the factors that influenced the developments and stagnation, as well as the key individuals who pioneered new discoveries in medicine, surgery and the anatomy. There was also an opportunity to go through key exam skills too. Much to the surprise of the students they actually found the production exceptionally entertaining and funny and, of course, more than helpful in the build up to their exam later this year.
Well done to all the pupils involved in the trip, as always you were a credit to the school.”
Miss Ramsumair provides an update on The Spelling Bee Final; “This was held in Room 4 earlier this week. 9 Finalists took to the stage to show us how quickly they could spell French words (using the French alphabet!). After enjoying some tasty French treats, including pains au chocolat, brioches and some bee cupcakes that Mrs. Ramsumair baked and decorated, we saw impressive performances from all the contestants. A very brave Holly Evans even made it to the stage with a broken leg! All the pupils worked really hard to make it this far and Mrs Ramsumair was extremely proud of them all. However, the four finalists going through to the Regional Final at Manchester Metropolitan University are; Aadam Ashraf, Charlotte Cosh, Mir Thaheem and William Denney. Congratulations! Bravo!”
Well done to the other contestants Holly Evans, Rebekah Court, Robyn Hill, Ruben Vareta and Hamish Gonzalez-Sweeney and good luck to the four who have progressed to the Regional Final.
Miss McShane mentioned that Luke McAdam, a final year student from Manchester University, came into School on Wednesday to meet a group of Wellington pupils who will be participating in Russian lessons for the next four weeks. “Luke is in his final year studying languages, and in this introductory session he got to know a bit about our pupils and gave them some insight into studying languages at university, the options you have and the things you can do on your year abroad. The session was fun and interesting and we are all looking forward to our next session after half term!”
From Mrs Moorhouse; “Following on from Wellington’s excellent performances in the Senior Choir competition of the Bowdon Youth Festival, Jasmine Spinks in Year 9 came first in her class for the Grade 1-2 solo piano competition. I have also been told that Lewis Murphy 9NHN performed exceptionally well in the same competition. Connie Bennett also competed in the Grade 5-6 piano solo and received a merit for her performance.”
The success just rolls on. Well done to all.
Year 8 News
Another update on ice-skater Imogen O’Mahoney from mum and dad (hers not mine, of course);
“Well, what a Skating week for Imogen! After her success at the Bradford Figure Skating competition, we headed off to Dumfries on Thursday, for the Trophy D'Ecosse International Synchronised Skating Competition.
On Friday, Imogen skated with the Juvenile Team "The Whizz Kids" who beat their previously unbeaten rivals and won GOLD!
Then on Saturday, with her friend Lucy Evans (Year 9) she skated in her other team ‘The Silver Blades’, who are in an older category, and they won a Silver Medal.
Obviously we are all very proud of Imogen and Lucy and all the team members, who should all be very proud of themselves. This has been a fabulous experience for them all, meeting other skaters from all over the world. They can now officially call themselves … ‘International Champions’!
Thank you again for your continuing support of the skating.”
News of further sporting success for Year 8 from Mr Manifould;
Congratulations to Bowdon Rugby Club’s under 13 team, which includes a number of our Year 8’s (Tom Bell, Luke Turner, Seb Whitehead, Dante Wiseman and Jaden Fearon) as they have reached the semi-finals of the Cheshire cup and also to Trafford Under 13’s football team who have reached the semi-finals of the national cup competition. We have four representatives from Wellington in the squad; Ollie Senescall, James Buckley, Ethan Pearce and Henry Howarth.
Year 11 News
The bulletin’s never complete without a word from Mr Tomlinson.
“As the pace towards the exams increases we arrive at half term finishing this round of targeted support sessions for students. Over the past five weeks, staff have highlighted different students on different nights for different reasons to aid their performance in particular topic areas. This seems to have been highly successful. One of the advantages of this approach is that students don't get ‘burnt out’ by attending everything on offer. It also creates a greater independence amongst our students to revise for themselves. Also students know they are benefitting because the sessions are specifically planned for their need at that time.
Attendance has been excellent and, at this early stage, I think this shows the dedication of our students who appreciate the advantage of the extra support and I am proud of the maturity they have shown considering there have been deadlines in other subjects also.
May I thank our staff for their dedication too not to mention for their energy levels in delivering the sessions to students and hopefully we will see the benefit in the second mocks that start on the 2nd March.”
As you can see the shy and retiring Mrs Copeland is getting ready for the BIG DAY the 27th February, our annual sponsored walk. Tutus and wrist bands will be on sale for all pupils every lunchtime in the Vale Hall - tutus £3.50 and wristbands £1.00. I hope your children are busy collecting sponsors and I look forward to seeing a sea of pink on the 27th.
In light of the soirée I have planned, that will have to suffice for this wek.
Have a wonderful half-term break whatever you have planned (The ski party have arrived safely in New Hampshire but I’m not jealous in the slightest).
Commiserations to any Welsh rugby fans following last week’s thrashing by the Red Rose boys; Italy’s turn to be put to the sword tomorrow. That’s my Saturday sorted.
S P Beeley
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